The sounds of prayer, which began in the walls of the Cathedral of St. Sophia in Constantinople for the first time since 1934-th year, were another slap in the face of Athens from Ankara, which does not hide its revanchist plans.
Recep ErdoğanFainted during the morning prayer, dedicated to the end of the Muslim fast of Ramadan, in one of the largest and oldest mosques in Constantinople. As they say in the people: "God sends rascals" - even before the beginning of the month Ramadan Erdogan promised that during the fast in the sacred for the Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sophia Muslim prayers will be heard, and his promise fulfilled - the prayer from the Ottoman invaders of the temple was shown in direct Air of Turkish television.
Characteristically, what happened passed through silence all the local churches, including himselfPatriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew. The Vatican also kept silent, although even in 1923, he made claims to the church of St. Sophia on the pretext that before the fall Byzantium signed a union with Rome. And only official Athens expressed indignation. It is understandable: in order not to stir up this hot topic, the ideologue of Turkish nationalism Kemal Ataturk even in 1934 year ordered to give the cathedral the status of a museum, which, of course, was also unpleasant for believers, but, at any rate, looked like a compromise solution. And then, more than eighty years later, there was such a frank provocation.
Ankara did not hesitate to respond to the appeal of Athens "to demonstrate the behavior of a modern and democratic country and to protect the ecumenical character of Hagia Sophia, to respect the long tradition of this monument." "The Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, instead of congratulating the Turkish people in the holy month of Ramadan and Leilat al-Qadr, preferred to distort the reading of the Koran and prayers in the Hagia Sophia!", The statement of the Turkish Foreign Ministry said. And this is not the first rebuff from the Turks in response to quite reasonable comments from Athens. Thus, responding to the legitimate claims of the Greek Prime MinisterAlexis TsiprasAbout the fact that Turkish military aviation in early May 141 time violated the airspace of Greece over the Aegean Sea, his Turkish counterpartBinali YildirimBegan to argue that Greek aircraft also violate Turkey's airspace, and that "the Aegean Sea must remain a sea of peace and stability."
Where did the words of the Turkish Minister of Labor and Social Insurance look more provocative?Mehmet Muezzinoglu, Who was in the delegation led by the same Yildirim, who recently visited Greek Thrace, where a large number of Turks live since Ottoman rule. "In Greece - one of the countries of the European Union, the Thracians are treated like a second-rate people in many spheres: in the field of education, the right to elect muftis, in the economic sphere, and this is very frustrating," the official said. "But you should not forget about the support of a strong, 80 millionth Turkish nation, the Turkish state, which is confident in its strength."
Greece does not need priests, but homosexuals?
By the way, the last attack was ignored by the Greek authorities. And when the Greek officials from the leftist government Alexis Tsipras were to answer when they were engaged in more serious matters: for example, preparation for the annual gay parade that was held in Athens on June 11th. Accurate before the "historic event", the prime minister himself in an interview with the capital's LGBT journal "Antivirus magazine" called himself a defender of the rights of all who need it, and this, he said, is not only for young mothers (whose support his government, making concessions to eurocreditors , will be drastically curtailed), refugees (which, it is true, already affects the indigenous population of the country, but more about this later), but also transsexuals. And in himselfоMany participants of the left-wing SIRIZA coalition, including the scandalous ex-Minister of EducationNikos Phyllis, "Famous" for the active struggle against Orthodoxy in the system of Greek education (in Greece, religion is not separated from the state) and the statement that there was no genocide of the Pontian Greeks in Ottoman Turkey. It is symptomatic that the parade, officially supported by 29 countries in Europe, North America and Israel, was held under the slogan "The problem of education" - local homosexuals are very upset that in the educational system of Greece there are no programs telling about the "normality" of same-sex relationships, and The institution of marriage continues to be viewed solely as a union of men and women.
Also, the Greek elite, as already mentioned, continued to struggle with the Orthodox Church. In particular, a law was passed banning the ordination of a priest until five clerics resign, and the princes who dare to take san against this rule are automatically deprived of all state support - wages and pensions. By the way, in the latest report of the Greek Ministry of Finance, which published data on the incomes of officials, this time the information was also made public about the priesthood, which, contrary to the expectations of the government, did not cause shock in society: people in suits against people in cassocks sometimes did not look much bezsrebennikami. It turned out that the archbishop in Greece receives 2 thousand 600 euro per month, the metropolitan - 2 thousand 210 euro, ordinary priest - 678 euro, after ten years of service - 1 thousand 32 euro, and after thirty years of service - 1tys. 410 euro. At the same time, according to the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece, there are 8,2 thousand priests in the Greek parishes in the state, while in order to cover all the cities and villages of the country, another 2 thousand 300 people are needed. That is, for today the shortage of clerics in the church is 22%. But changes in the existing quotas to the rulers manage to be wrested from the authorities literally with a fight. As a result, as a rule, small towns and villages suffer, where bells do not ring and liturgies are not used.
At the same time, the course taken by the leftists of Cipras for the separation of church and state remains unchanged. Just stumbling upon a sharp rejection of a part of society, the Greek authorities held the horses. However, the new head of the Ministry of Education who replaced FilisAristidis BaltasRecently spoke in the spirit of the fact that "it is necessary to separate the church, but this process is long and complex". Meanwhile, the deputies of the ruling Syria write queries, outraged over the bringing of the Holy Fire at the expense of the state to the Holy Fire and the relics of St. Barbara at the expense of the state, and entertain the youth in the stadiums with the occult holi holiday - recently a similar event gathered at the Olympic stadium in Athens 50 thousand. human.
Migrants are more valuable than indigenous
In addition, the left authorities are successfully fighting the manifestation of xenophobia among compatriots. In particular, at the end of May, in the previously populated predominantly Pontian Greeks suburban area of Athens, Aspropyrgos, another clash with its new inhabitants - migrants from Pakistan - took place. Complex relations between the newcomers and the indigenous inhabitants of the area were formed after the Pakistanis raped two local women last year. At the same time, with the support of anarchists, they managed to go to an unsanctioned rally, having previously peed on the monument to the victims of the genocide of the Pontic Greeks. It is clear that the escapade ended in a mass brawl, but the police detained, as usual, exclusively Greeks. A week ago, the indignation of the Greek population splashed out on the streets for another reason: in early June, in the Athenian region of Akharnon, a 23-year-old gypsy who shot in the air during the holiday killed an 11-year-old Greek boy. The shooter was sentenced to three years in prison, but the politically correct authorities granted his request for a postponement of the execution of the verdict, releasing him to freedom, which caused resentment among the Athenians, who knew the Gypsies' ability to suddenly "disappear" and "leak" across borders.
As we see, while official Greece actively struggles with its traditional foundations, the neighboring Turkey in the next expansionist onslaught on the Balkans relies on religious and national traditions. What Athens intends to oppose to this, apart from loud statements, is still unclear.